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1  OoPA / Site News and Updates / Re: Site News on: November 21, 2017, 06:24:59 AM

This week we are proud to present you with the next issue of the official Dreamcast Magazine from the UK,
which was released in March of 2000.
In issue 7 you will find the following articles besides a ton of others: MDK 2 by Shiny Entertainment.
Rayman 2: The Great Escape, from the long running series by Ubisoft. Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
by Core Design. And finally, the rather strange 2D fighter by none other than Capcom: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.

Dreamcast Magazine 7 - march 2000 (UK) (REMASTERED)

Rayman 2
Tomb Raider the Last Revelation
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

The Maximum Resolution version (2560px) can be downloaded here.
The Tablet version (1600px) can be downloaded here.
The iPod/iPhone version (1136px) can be downloaded here.

Now about that surprise I was talking about last week.
It just came in about an hour ago. Smiley

2  OoPA / Site News and Updates / Re: Site News on: November 13, 2017, 08:39:17 AM

Due to a couple of setbacks it took a bit longer to get our next issue out.
But we're slowly getting back on track and thus are happy to present you with
the remastered version of issue number 4 of the Official Sega Saturn Magazine from February 1996.
We start our preview with perhaps the finest railgun shooter ever created: Panzer Dragoon Zwei,
and move on to a horizontal 2D shooting game from another quality pedigree: Darius Gaiden by Taito.
After these two big hitters we look at reviews for two lesser known games for the system:
the Sega arcade conversion Wing Arms and the flipper sim True Pinball.

OSSM 4 - february 1996 (UK) (REMASTERED)

Panzer Dragoon Zwei
Darius Gaiden
Wing Arms
True Pinball

The Maximum Resolution version (2560px) can be downloaded here.
The Tablet version (1600px) can be downloaded here.
The iPod/iPhone version (1136px) can be downloaded here.

Oh and with a little bit of luck, I will have another nice surprise in my hands by the end of the week.
So expect a couple of pictures from a pick-up I'm really excited about. Smiley
3  OoPA / Site News and Updates / Re: meppi Work in Progress on: November 07, 2017, 10:54:34 AM
Well, time for a bit of good news I think.

After 2 days of experimenting with all kinds of settings and techniques I finally got the new scans to look perfect.

Getting a new scanner always is a headache since no 2 scanners work the exact same way, well unless they are of the exact same model and calibrated.
But since this was a newer model and the original scanning software wasn't compatible with the new scanner, I had to get the new software.
Which naturally did all kinds of weird things to the scans and made them look washed out and, well kinda weird to be honest.

But now that I got my Photoshop settings to compensate for all that, we should be good to go and ready to pick up from where we left off.
Gonna be a ton of work as always, but at least this part is taken care of.

When I get a bit more money, I'm going to order 2 or 3 more scanners of the same type so that I don't run into this kinda thing again anytime soon.
4  OoPA / Site News and Updates / Re: meppi Work in Progress on: November 05, 2017, 07:03:16 AM
A bit more bad news I'm afraid.
I just found out that I will need to throw out a whole bunch of scans that I did over the past 4-6 weeks.
Seems like I've worn out another scanner. So that would be number 4 now.
How I work is that I tend to scan a bunch of magazines in the evening while I watch some tv or Youtube specials (mostly retrospectives and retro gaming anthologies and such).
And when I got a bunch of those, I rejoin the pages later on as I scan each page twice, once from the left and once from the right to avoid spine blur and  such.

Well, as I was working on putting together several magazines I noticed a certain problem cropping up over and over again.
4/5th down the page most of the time, either left or right, there will be a sort of distortion strip, mostly 5mm tall. Sometimes this went by unnoticed, but at other times it ran through text which either squashed it, stretched it out in length or just distorted it.
I thought it might be due to putting to much pressure on the lid while pressing down the spines on the scan plate, but I've been trying everything I could to remedy this and nothing works.

So I've ordered scanner number 5, which should arrive tomorrow.
Since they don't make the exact same model of scanner that I've been using over the past 8+ years now (went through 3 of those), I had to pick the one that followed it up.
Hopefully it'll do everything the old one did in the same fashion, otherwise it will be a pretty huge undertaking to get all the colour gradients back to the specific levels where they should be. :-/
We'll find out tomorrow...

So, another setback. But hey, that's bound to happen when you scan thousands upon thousands of pages.

After spending an afternoon going though my drives, it seems like it's a bit worse than I imagined...
Looks like everything I've scanned from August on needs to be trashed. There are way too many pages that seem to be affected to try and salvage the ones that don't. I started doing this, but it would take even more time to do it instead of just rescanning them with the new scanner. Which already takes over 4 hours per 100 page magazine.

I even came across scans from May that seem to be affected. Looks like certain days were much worse when others were perfect, so the scanner must have started having trouble earlier this year and degraded from there.
I do think that those earlier issues will be salvageable. I'll go through every page meticulously and rescan the ones that need it.

But so far I have 40 folders encompassing 140GB of data that's worthless now. Including all the Nintendo Official Magazine issues that I've scanned since receiving the huge donation. Sad
Looks like I have my work cut out for me. Damn

edit 2:

Well it gets even worse.
So far I've been able to find pages that have these issues all the way back to December of 2016... sigh...
This doesn't include released magazines though, so those should all be safe.
It's only my backup work which I had started joining and editing but none of these were released so far.
Gonna have to see just how bad it is and if it's worth to go through all those pages and rescan the ones that need it, or if it will be better to bin them all and do a full rescan of these issues.
What a mess.
5  OoPA / Site News and Updates / Re: meppi Work in Progress on: October 21, 2017, 03:29:13 AM
Just wanted to let you know that it might take a bit more time to get newer updates out.
While I'm continuing to work on unreleased magazines I've run into a bit of trouble when it comes to my health again.
Not quite sure how serious it is as I haven't been to the doctor yet, but I've not been well for the past 2 weeks or so now.

My best guess at this point is over exhaustion since I worked 3 times as hard during my "vacations" this past summer than I normally do at work. So I haven't had any real downtime for over 6 months now.
I'm just hoping I'm not heading towards another burnout where I spend 16 hours a day sleeping because that wasn't much fun a couple of years back. :-/

It's not that I have burned myself out on magazines, far from it in fact. I haven't been as excited to work on new ones for years now.
It's just that I'm not feeling well at all.
That's actually quite an understatement as my body is telling to to lie down all the time. Wink

So I'll keep working on magazines as much as I can, but I think I'll need some time to recuperate which will most likely equal a lot of downtime for me personally.
So don't panic, releases are still coming. Just at a slower pace.
6  OoPA / Site News and Updates / Re: Site News on: October 06, 2017, 09:39:01 AM

Today we are extremely proud to be to be able to present a very rare issue from 1989.
I'm talking about none other than the very first issue of Club Nintendo Magazine from the UK.
It's taken me nearly a decade of searching on and off to get my hands on this very magazine.
So be sure to grab it because you might have to wait
till the next blue moon for a physical copy in excellent condition. Wink
From the way the magazine is put together, you can clearly see that they were still
figuring things out a bit. The first preview article is an introduction to the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Next up we have a review for the infamous Top Gun by Konami. Then we look at
two all-time classics for the NES: The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros.

Club Nintendo Volume 1 Issue 1 - 1989 (UK)

Introducing the Nintendo Entertainment System
Top Gun
The Legend of Zelda
Super Mario Bros.

The Maximum Resolution version (2560px) can be downloaded here.
The Tablet version (1600px) can be downloaded here.
The iPod/iPhone version (1136px) can be downloaded here.
7  OoPA / Site News and Updates / Re: Broken links and Corrupted files (requests for re-ups) on: October 04, 2017, 02:46:40 PM
Mean Machines 5 and 9 phone versions are broken.

Thanks for letting me know!

I've just repacked and re-uped the files.
Here are the links:

8  OoPA / Site News and Updates / Re: meppi Work in Progress on: October 04, 2017, 05:22:20 AM
Already started scanning the first issue of the official Nintendo Magazine by EMAP (issue 54 as it continued on from Nintendo Magazine System) and came across this guy!

That sure brought back the memories! Cheesy

I wonder what it would take to convince Sakurai to put him into the next Smash Bros. Wink
9  OoPA / Site News and Updates / Re: Site News on: October 03, 2017, 03:08:42 AM
Besides the local post office now probably thinking I'm an international drug cartel, the day started of rather brilliant. Tongue

All of these magazines were donated by John, a very generous person from the UK.
Nearly 200 Nintendo magazines. Most of which are Official Nintendo magazines from the UK that I didn't have in my possession. Only a duplicate here and there, maybe 5 or so in total.

So it looks like I'm just about set for life when it comes to scanning and restoring classic magazines. Wink
That's quite the workload to pile on top of everything else, but it's also a great motivational force to keep me pushing forward.
10  OoPA / Site News and Updates / Re: Site News on: September 30, 2017, 04:39:01 AM

Originally released here at the start of 2015, issue 10 of Sega Pro
just received the remaster treatment and thus, has never looked better.
This issue dates back to the summer of 1992 and therefor
has quite a bit of Game Gear content to keep you busy during that long vacation.
We found a lot of great stuff so it was hard to pick only four preview articles,
so we ended up with eight instead. We have an abundance of Game Gear content up as a preview for this issue,
so lets jump right in and take a look at the reviews for Prince of Persia, Klax, Popils
and last but not least Marble Madness, all of which are for the Sega Game Gear.
Then we have a look at Batman for the Mega Drive, followed by
 the Friday the 13th inspired game Splatterhouse II, also for the Sega Mega Drive.

Sega Pro 10 - august 1992 (UK) (REMASTERED)

Prince of Persia (Game Gear)
Klax (Game Gear)
Popils (Game Gear)
Marble Madness (Game Gear)
Splatterhouse II (Mega Drive)
Batman (Mega Drive)

The Maximum Resolution version (2560px) can be downloaded here.
The Tablet version (1600px) can be downloaded here.
The iPod/iPhone version (1136px) can be downloaded here.
11  OoPA / Site News and Updates / Re: meppi Work in Progress on: September 25, 2017, 04:46:33 PM
Nice to see you here! Smiley

As you see, I should be able to resurrect issue 2 albeit with a lot more hours to put into it.
I came across some really tough parts in this page, but in the end it all worked out.

Issue one is a much easier magazine to work one. As you know very well, it's basically in mint condition. Wink
I only have 3 pages left on that one before I can wrap it up, but got sidetracked on page 19 of issue 2 as my mind kept wondering if I would be able to even do it. So I had to step aside and give it a shot first.
During the week I basically have no time to work on magazines so my weekends and vacations are the days that I need to concentrate on for getting as much work into them as possible.
I think this week I'll be able to release a Sega Pro remastered issue that I have finished a while back and after that should be issue 1 of Club Nintendo.

With a bit of luck, as well as another generous donation, I should have close to 200 Nintendo magazines to work on, many still brand new and unopened from the looks of it.
So I certainly have my work cut out for me for the next decennia. Wink
12  OoPA / Site News and Updates / Re: meppi Work in Progress on: September 24, 2017, 06:51:46 AM
Well, I said I was in for a challenge when I stated my intent to try and resurrect issue 2 of Club Nintendo which is in rather terrible shape.

Over 6 hours later we seem to have our first page finished up. Smiley


Started off with the worst page of the bunch as I would have kicked myself if I ended up doing all other pages and this one was impossible to restore.
So I'll have it at least a bit easier with the rest. Well besides the cover page, which I'm sure will give me quite a few headaches just looking at it.

Then again, the end result will be worth it. Wink
13  OoPA / Magazine Discussion / Re: [Want to Buy!] All Paragon Publishing's Dreamcast Magazine Issues on: September 23, 2017, 03:11:43 AM
My first thought when I read how there weren't any to be found on ebay was "that surely can't be right", but this does seem to be the case.

Really curious why this could be a thing actually.
I very well know there are some magazines that rarely show up on there, but like you said, for such a popular magazine not to have a single issue available sure is weird.

These things do seem to come and go in waves though, so I'm sure some will pop up sooner or later.
I don't sell any magazines myself so I'm afraid I can't help you there. I can only try to help with digital versions. Wink
14  OoPA / Site News and Updates / Re: meppi Work in Progress on: September 18, 2017, 02:02:06 PM
I'm so happy!

Today I finally got my hands on the final remaining Club Nintendo magazines that I've been searching for for many years now.
The very first one was quite expensive (€54), especially for a magazine of only 20 pages.
But this is a set that I've been wanting to digitise and preserve for over 10 years now. Cheesy

I even got two of the other issues for free once the seller learned what I was planning to do with them!
Now, these are in quite bad condition, but I've done a couple of equally challenging restorations, so I'm cautiously optimistic that I'll be able to get them all back to their former glory.

Gonna start scanning these next weekend. Smiley
15  OoPA / Site News and Updates / Re: Site News on: September 16, 2017, 05:11:27 AM

We're delivering a huge amount of nostalgia in a tiny package this week,
especially when the magazine weighs in at a slim 20 pages.
This is the final issue of Club Nintendo for 1989.
The other volumes normally go up to 6 issues per a year.
We were only just able to get 4 full previews out of these 20 pages,
all of them are reviews/features for some timeless Nintendo Entertainment System classics.
The first one is Life Force / Salamander from Konami. Next up is Mega Man by Capcom.
The next one is Robowarrior / Bomber King by Hudson Soft and Aicom.
And finally we have a classic by Rareware: Wizards & Warriors.
If you enjoy this issue, we should be able to have some great news next week that you might like. Wink

Club Nintendo Volume 1 Issue 5 - 1989 (UK)

Life Force/Salamander
Mega Man
Wizards & Warriors

The Maximum Resolution version (2560px) can be downloaded here.
The Tablet version (1600px) can be downloaded here.
The iPod/iPhone version (1136px) can be downloaded here.
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